This semester, my English Grammar students have been reading, among other texts, Florey’s Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog, a nice cultural history/memoir of sentence diagramming.
Yesterday, I asked them to get in groups of three, to invent their own visual representation of sentence diagramming, and to apply that system to three sentence types: a simple sentence with an introductory phrase, a compound sentence, and a complex sentence. I also asked them to include a legend that would explain their diagramming system. Here below are some photos of students at work, as well as a few very creative systems. They pulled this off in only about 45 minutes.